Most people are caught off guard when they enter midlife and find themselves gaining weight all of a sudden, when nothing else has really changed in their lives. Midlife means many changes and if you’re not careful, putting on pounds will be one of them! Use the following tips to avoid the cliche of midlife weight gain or to help get rid of those pounds that have snuck up on you.
1. Engage in more physical activity. You don’t need to be a triathlete in midlife, just a little more active than in previous years. Although rest is important, too much of it will accelerate weight gain and deprive you of energy. Stay active throughout the day by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, your bike instead of the car and not sitting for long periods of time in front of the TV or PC.
2. Watch what you drink and between meal snacks. Stop drinking soda and decadent coffees. This will cut out a big source of unnecessary calories from your diet. Most of those things are pure sugar and you will benefit much more from water and natural fruit juices. Try drinking green tea when you crave a warm cup of something and ice water with real lemon when you’re thirsting for something cold and refreshing. Both will work with your body, strengthen your immune system and provide you with beneficial antioxidants and both can help you lose weight.
3. Release stress. Later in life, stress becomes even more dangerous. Not only does it contribute to weight gain, it adds to heart disease and high blood pressure, among other things. This is a great time to learn how to put stress in its place and enjoy more of life! Enjoy meditation, music, gatherings with friends and regular exercise to combat the stress that can so quickly pack on the pounds.
4. Eat for your metabolism. Midlife means certain changes for your body that should be accommodated with healthier foods. Look for ingredients that are pure and natural and stop cooking with butter and salt. Adopting a better way of preparing meals will eliminate a significant amount of calories and other things your body can’t really use. Educate yourself on what to eat and the best ways of making meals. Avoid eating too much late in the evening and start every day with energizing foods that keep your metabolism going strong.
5. Start or join a group. Studies prove that a group of people accomplish more than an individual on their own. Working with a group also increases your likelihood of long-term success. Join with others of your age who are facing the same problem and work together to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. Schedule walks, yoga classes, swim meets and other activities that keep you social and in shape.
Maintaining a healthy weight gets much more difficult in midlife and beyond. Take control of your weight now and reduce your chances of the accompanying conditions, like heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. The effort you put in will be well worth the results you achieve!